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Volume 34. Number 02. Winter 2018

The Official Magazine of Tattersall’s Club Brisbane

WAR AND PEACE Ben Roberts–Smith VC MG shares his thoughts about business, family and post military life 10

+WINTER RACING PREVIEW Get set for racing season




We talk to Queensland Red’s head coach part way through his first season




Events Calendar ............. 26 Travel .............................. 28 Member Focus ................ 34

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FROM THE PRESIDENT Members will notice the staff and committee are making changes to build on the Club experience. On arrival the revamped foyer is now a more open space with increased lighting and a Club scent.

Club and enjoy free access to the day. This is our biggest Racing carnival with the running of the Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara, The Tattersall’s Cup and the final race of the Battle of the Bush series. Other events on the day include children’s rides, fashions on the field and music.

The Healy Room has been updated with new carpet and crockery aimed at lifting the dining experience. Executive Chef David Oke has launched a new seasonal menu which will see more contemporary meals offered alongside Club favourites. Both dining rooms and the bar now enjoy the addition of background music.

The Club now has two horses that have been syndicated to eighty Members. Tattersall’s Club was founded on horse racing and it is heartening to see Members are continuing to engage with horse racing 153 years on. I would like to thank Ernie Ward for driving this project for the Club, and as a part owner, I look forward to the continuing success of the syndicates.


Wayne Hardy, the accommodation manager, has decided to leave the Club after 13 years of service. Members and staff gathered to say goodbye to Wayne. Jonathon Caldwell, who is well known to Members, will now take over the responsibility for accommodation.



Tattersall’s CEO David Bark flew to Adelaide in April to personally take delivery of the 1885 Tattersall’s Cup returning it to the Club after 133 years. The Wyles family have generously allowed the trophy to be displayed at Tattersall’s. The location and return of Club pieces is part of the continuing work of the Heritage Sub-committee and particularly Michael Halliday and Michael O’Shea.

Next time Members are visiting the Club please take time to notice the changes that are being made. We welcome and encourage all Members and guests to provide feedback on what they liked and what can be done to improve the experience of Tattersall’s.

The Club hosted Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith at a sold-out evening in March. Ben had the audience in awed silence as he spoke of his time serving with the men and women of the Australian Defence Force. I would like to thank Ben for joining us in supporting our philanthropic partner Legacy Australia (Qld). Legacy supports over 70,000 families of veterans who have lost their lives or their health as a result of their military service.

TIARA RACE DAY Legacy is the Charity of the Tattersall’s Tiara Race Day on Saturday 23 June. All Members of Tattersall’s Club are automatic Members of Tattersall’s Racing


After the success of the Member get Member promotion in 2017 the Club has doubled down this year with a $24,000 trip for two to South Africa. The prize draw is available to all new members and their proposers. I would like to thank Encompass Africa for providing this once in a lifetime experience.

Amicitia vita est Stuart Fraser President

Members will no doubt have noticed that work has started on replacing the Club’s lifts. The new lifts will be more reliable, increase after hours security, and provide expanded access to the basement. The Club will have at least one lift operating at all times through the replacement work. Members and guests will also have access to use the internal stairs. I appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.




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Tattersall’s Club Brisbane Photography Jared Vethaak Jason Starr Jordan Condon Rene Marcel

Please find the updated document in the Member Portal online.

Tattersall’s Club Brisbane President Mr Stuart Fraser

Club events may stipulate an alternate dress code. Visit for more information.

Vice President Mr Michael Paramor AM Treasurer Mr Paul Williams Committee Mr Barry Aaskov Mr Tyson Clarke Mr Mark Greer Mr John Mullins Mr Edward Profke Mr Tony See Mr Stuart Waddington Chief Executive Officer David Bark Contact Details Phone 07 3331 8888 Fax 07 3221 3913 215 Queen Street, Brisbane 4000 GPO Box 124, Brisbane 4001 Office Hours Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm Trading Hours Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 12.00am Views and opinions expressed in the Tattler are not necessarily those of Tattersall’s Club, agents or advertisers.

DRESS CODE REMINDER Members are reminded that Tattersall’s Standard Dress Code of a Coat and Tie is now in place in the Members’ Dining Room until Wednesday 31 October. Tattersall’s Casual Dress Code applies outside of this in other areas of the Club.

CLUB DRESS CODE Members’ Bar, Healy Room, O’Duffy Library, Wine Room, Business Centre, Needham Room – tailored long sleeve business shirt with collar, tailored slacks and enclosed shoes/ leather dress boots.

Members’ Dining Room 1 April until 31 October – jacket and tie, tailored slacks and enclosed shoes/leather dress boots. 1 November until 28 February – Tattersall’s Casual. Tattersall’s Club Events Jacket and tie unless otherwise stipulated. Health and Wellness Centre Gym attire, runners/joggers. For more information on Tattersall’s Club rules, policies and dress codes, please refer to the Member Portal on the Club’s website

REMINDER FOR MEMBERS TO SWIPE THEIR MEMBERSHIP CARDS UPON ENTRY The Committee reminds Members of the requirement for each Member to swipe their Membership card at Concierge every time they enter the Club. Members are also required to sign in any guests at the registry available at Concierge.



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Cover Image: Ben Roberts-Smith

From the President ................................. 1

Seen At Tattersall’s .............................. 24

From The Archives ............................... 40

Club Policies......................................... 2

Events Calendar .................................. 26

Ladies Charity Lunch ............................ 41

From the CEO....................................... 4

The Arcade ........................................ 27

Interest Groups

Member Milestones ............................... 5

+ Travel: Hawaii .............................. 28

Cycling and Walkers ........................... 42

Membership Update .............................. 6

Real Weddings ................................... 30

Bowls and Rowing .............................. 43

Partner Update ..................................... 7

Country Corner ................................... 32

Backseaters ........................................ 44

+ Feature: Ben Roberts-Smith .............10

Health and Wellness News .................. 33

Shooters and Snooker.......................... 45

+ Feature: Winter Racing Preview ......18

+ Member Focus ............................ 34

Motorcycle ......................................... 46

+ Feature: Fashions on the Field........ 20

Food and Beverage News.................... 35

Golf .................................................. 47

+ Guest Sports Interview ............ 22

Function Centre News ......................... 39




FROM THE CEO You might have noticed that things are changing around your Club. Not huge things, but small changes, tweaks to the menu, subtle decoration changes and a few new staff. These changes are part of an ongoing program of improvement planned for the Club over the next 12-18 months with the goal to become the best Membership Club, business venue and function host in Brisbane. Excellence is at the core of every change we are making and the team and I are dedicated to improving the Club in a way that adds value back to your Membership, so we want your feedback and value your engagement in this process of continuous improvement. Many of the changes we will be making centre around the delivery of food and beverage. The way we present the food, the theming of our venues and the flavour of the menu are in the process of being updated and modernised. Over the coming months Chef David will showcase what his team can do, bringing in the freshest produce from boutique butchers and

farms and creating dishes that are relevant to the event and season. We are putting the Member at the heart of every decision we make. So, before we bring in these changes, we will always consider first the impact on the Member. If it’s a positive thing then we’ll roll it out but if you find that you’re not enjoying the changes or have suggestions, please speak up and we will do our best to incorporate your feedback. In a bid to improve our communication in this and other areas of the club, we will be exploring how we can engage with you more using digital services. This includes an overhaul of the website to enable booking functions for both the restaurant and accommodation, and a more user-friendly experience. Did you know we have 18 boutique rooms and as a Member you can book your work colleagues, friends and extended family into these rooms?

We have one of the best locations in the City, full food and beverage service, plus gym and amenities with a level of privacy and amenity that simply can’t be matched anywhere else in Brisbane. Modernising and upgrading the Tattersall’s accommodation is a big-ticket item in our improvement program, along with plans to upgrade the Members’ Bar and install a new events software management system. We are also employing a Director of Sales for our corporate catering packages and now have a dedicated Events Planner on staff. So next time you’re planning a function, wedding, business event or even lunch in the city, why not consider Tattersall’s as your first option? David Bark, CEO

THE 1885 TATTERSALL’S CUP RETURNS HOME On June 23, 2018 we welcome the 1885 Tattersall’s Cup back to the Club after 133 years. The official reveal of the Cup will be held at the Tattersall’s Tiara Race Day on June 23rd. Post reveal, the Cup will find a home among one of the Club’s prestigious display cabinets.



While attending a Legacy function at Tattersall’s Club, Meredith Wyles mentioned she had the 1885 Tattersall’s Cup at her Adelaide home. Following this revelation, the Club’s CEO David Bark flew down to Adelaide to collect the Cup and transported it back to Brisbane. The Cup is currently getting restored to its original condition by Hardy Brothers Jewellers in preparation for Tattersall’s Tiara Race Day.


+MEMBER MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES Tattersall’s Club has a rich and expansive Membership. In this issue, the Club acknowledges and celebrates Senior Members who have reached a milestone of at least 50 years of Membership between 1 June and 31 August 2018. FIFTY YEARS Dr Anthony Blue Mr Maxwell Bowden Mr Peter Christopherson Mr Graham Davison Mr Vincent Frisby Mr Desmond Palm Mr Paul Purcell Mr Stuart Roden Mr Francis Uhr Mr Noel Wilson FIFTY-ONE YEARS Dr Timothy Cooney Mr George Deeb Mr David Duveck-Smith Mr Robert Hart Mr Peter Lyons Mr William Purcell Mr Arthur Somerset Mr S Winston Smith AM, LEGION d’ HON Mr William Thompson FIFTY-TWO YEARS Mr Richard Addis Mr Leslie Elborne The Hon. John Greenwood QC Mr Vivian Hawke Mr James Kennedy AO CBE Dr John Mayze Mr Ross Moynihan Mr Lester Waterhouse Mr Kenneth White FIFTY-THREE YEARS Dr Gregory Beaver Mr Brian Bloxsom Mr Michael Cullinan

FIFTY-FIVE YEARS Mr F Sharpe Mr John Tully FIFTY-SIX YEARS Mr Thomas Ahearn Mr Noel Best Mr John Conwell FIFTY-SEVEN YEARS Mr Lloyd Carter Mr John Rees Mr Richard Rutledge Mr Desmond Martin FIFTY-EIGHT YEARS Mr William Edwards Dr Vivian Edwards OAM Mr Clive Garnsey Mr Donald Mullen FIFTY-NINE YEARS Mr Robert Amor Mr Colin Kennedy Sir Francis Moore AO SIXTY-TWO YEARS Mr Alan Kennedy Dr Gerard McCafferty AM SIXTY-FOUR YEARS Mr Brian Halligan SIXTY-SEVEN YEARS Mr John Hamlyn SIXTY-NINE YEARS Mr Barton Bulwinkel

FIFTY-FOUR YEARS Mr John Frith Mr William Hanrick



Mr George Cocolas

Mr Anthony Avery*

Mr Bruce Davies

Mr John Bradley

Mr Thomas Edwards Mr David Eugarde

Mr William Clinton

Mr Ian Eugarde

Mr Gary Cunningham

Mr Dave Garratt Judge Warren Howell

Mr Michael Cybulski

Mr John McLoughlin

Brig Ian Errington

Mr Paul Mula

Mr Jack Gardiner

Mr Bien Peralta

Mr Stephen Lennon

Mr Jay Stevenson

Mr Phillip MacPhail

Mr Philip Whitmore

Mr Michael Massey


Mr William McVay

Mr Dean Alexander

Mr Bill Nielsen

Mr Brett Beaumont

Mr Arjuna Rupesinghe

Mr Terry Manderson

Mr Peter Savage

Mr Sam Monforte

Dr Andrew Thomson

Mr Anthony Vitanza

Mr Alex Wake

Mr Joe Vella

Mr Craig Wilkinson



Reinstated Member

Mr William Byrne




MEMBER GET MEMBER DRIVE BIGGEST YET! a tri to outh frica alue lus uarterl rizes With the success of the Membership drive in 2017 the Member Get Member drive is back and bigger than ever. The challenge to Members is to help our Membership grow by promoting our Club and its many benefits to any potential Members.

THESE BENEFITS INCLUDE: • Discounted parking at the Wintergarden and Queens Plaza • Access to Reciprocal Clubs all over the world • Health and Wellness Centre • Interest Groups • Fantastic function facilities with excellent discount rates for Members including 50% discount on the standard room hire rate and for Members who have a private family celebration, complimentary room hire.

• Business Centre so you can attend to your business in a relaxed environment • A wealth of networking opportunities amongst our 5,000 strong Membership base. Members who introduce a new candidate for Membership between January 2018 and December 2018 will automatically go in the draw to win a luxurious holiday for two to South Africa. Flying South African Airways and staying three nights in Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Lodge, Cape Town, two nights at Franschhoek Country House and Villas in the Winelands Region, two nights accommodation at Tintswalo Safari lodge, plus $4,000 spending money. Valued at $24,000. In addition to the major prize there will be quarterly prize draws. The more Members you propose the better your chances are of winning.

• Access to four Tattersall’s Race Days per year

Major prize will be drawn in December 2018. For more information visit

• Member Partner benefits

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• Accommodation from only $180 per night



STAY UP TO DATE Tattersall’s Club communicates to its Members, their partners and families and the wider Club community through a number of channels including notifications throughout its building, via post, the quarterly Tattler magazine, its website and online Member Portal, various social media channels and through email. The Club’s email communication is fast becoming its primary means of contact, with monthly Tattersall’s Mail and frequent Tattersall’s Alerts communicating the latest news, events and Club notices. Members are encouraged to check the junk folders in their email inboxes to make sure Tattersall’s communication is not being redirected due to vigilant spam filters. Please ensure you have provided the Club with your latest email address so you do not miss the latest Club news. Members are also encouraged to provide the Club with an email address for their Partner so they can also receive information on Club news and the Partner events program. To check or update your email address, visit the online Member Portal, phone 07 3331 8888 or email


+PARTNER UPDATE SAVE THE DATE 2018 Partners are invited to Save the Date for the 2018 Tattersall’s Partner Events Program and enjoy another year of exciting events alongside fellow Partners and their friends. • Ladies High Tea with Wintergarden, Wednesday 13 June • Ladies High Tea – Guest speakers Anne Galloway (Book Co-curator of Women in Beef) and Tracey Harmann (Project Manager and Writer of Women in Beef), Wednesday 18 July


• Ladies Charity Lunch – Guest speaker Juliette Wright, founder and CEO of GIVIT, Friday 7 September • Ladies Christmas Morning Tea, Thursday 13 September For more information visit




ACCESSING THE MEMBER PORTAL The Member Portal can be accessed via the Tattersall’s Club website: • Click the little man to the top right of the website 2

1-5. Ladies High Tea with Act For Kids on Wednesday 13 March

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SERVICE AND SACRIFICE BEN ROBERTS-SMITH Tattersall’s Club has a long and distinguished list of Members who fought for and defended our country, and a long and distinguished history of supporting our armed forces.

This year, on 11 November it will be 100 years since the guns fell silent on the first World War and in celebration of this major milestone, this issue of the Tattler reflects on the rich history and stories of some of our service men.

On his fifth tour of Afghanistan in 2010 he was awarded a Victoria Cross for “his selfless actions in circumstances of great peril served to enable his patrol to break into the enemy’s defenses and to regain the initiative... resulting in a tactical victory.”

Over the years Tattersall’s has welcomed many service men to its Membership and raised funds for many war related charities. On 24 April every year, the Club hosts its annual Anzac Day service and lunch, and Members with operational service dine for free.

After his sixth and final tour of Afghanistan in 2012, he was further recognised with a Commendation for Distinguished Service for exceptional leadership, courage, mentoring, and reconnaissance in the ‘most difficult and dangerous of circumstances’.

The Club also donated significant amounts of money to war time charities in both World War I and II, celebrated its war heroes and commiserated the losses. This year, it continued that tradition with a fundraising dinner for Legacy held in March and the creation of a new race day on Saturday, 23 June for Legacy and Tattersall’s Members. The dinner on 13 March with special guest Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG was a rare and unique insight into the current fighting conditions for Australian soldiers, and an event that the guests are unlikely to forget.

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SAS Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith has served in six tours in Afghanistan and two tours of East Timor. In 2006 he was awarded a Medal for Gallantry for his actions as a patrol scout and sniper in his first tour of Afghanistan.

Past Club President, radio personality and original facilitator of the Sportsman’s Grill Nights, John McCoy interviewed Corporal Roberts-Smith for the event and said it was rare honour. “That night with Corporal Ben RobertsSmith was definitely one to remember. He is one of a handful of Victoria Cross winners who have lived to tell the tale.” Mr McCoy said Corporal Roberts-Smith was “such an imposing individual” not only because of his physical size but his captivating story and leadership style. “He is a real life Australian hero – what he did, what he had to do, was just extraordinary,” Mr McCoy said. “Lots of people knew what he did but when you actually hear about from him, you could


He is a real life Australian hero – what he did, what he had to do, was just extraordinary. John McCoy


see most of the audience had their jaw open in disbelief.” At the dinner, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith explained in detail the mission that will become legendary in Australian service history. On 11 June 2010, Ben’s unit was assigned a high priority mission to capture or kill a high ranking Taliban leader in the Kandahar province. They were choppered in by the US 101st Airborne Division and landed in a fig orchard. As his team flew into position, the extent of enemy defence became clear and their Black Hawk helicopters sustained heavy fire. “We didn’t realise what we’d come up against and in the end it was basically four to one odds and we were certainly out-positioned and outgunned,” Corporal Roberts-Smith said. “We were hit pretty hard, we were up against more than one machine gun, it just got so heavy, we couldn’t physically get up so we just started to crawl.” Ben’s team was being shot at by three different machine gun positions but managed to get within 40 metres of the Taliban position. Then Ben noticed a small structure outside the enemy compound that could provide cover and ran for it while his team tried to cover his move. From this position, he tried to fire grenades at the enemy but with little effect.

1. Ben Roberts-Smith with Tattersall’s President Stuart Fraser. 2. Ben Roberts-Smith standing with CEO of Legacy Brisbane, Brendan Cox

“It just came down to the point where someone had to do something. I wasn’t going to sit there and do nothing and watch my mates die,” Corporal Roberts-Smith said. “I’d rather do that and it be me, than go home and face their families if they die. So I just ran at the wall.” He managed to take out two machine gunners with this action, regained the initiative, turned the tide for his team and in the process earnt a Victoria Cross award. The fighting continued after this initial battle for 13 hours and they killed 70 insurgents and captured 5 PK machine guns in an area that was 200m wide, without losing a man. Ben said the conditions for troops in Afghanistan were difficult to say the least. He described what it was like to advance on the enemy in 50-degree heat with a backpack laden with gear, water and guns, over difficult terrain, sometimes climbing up rock faces and hiding in cracks. But he is a man with a deep conviction of service and continued to go back for mission after mission despite the imminent danger. Ben finally retired from the frontline in October 2013 and moved to Brisbane. He took a year off then started a corporate management consultancy business to advise companies how to create functioning teams and a high performance culture – something

that he obviously excelled at within the SAS. In 2015 following some consultancy work for Channel 7, he was offered the position of Deputy General Manager and in 2016 was appointed General Manager of Channel Seven Queensland. He has a wife and twin daughters, and also serves in a number of other community roles including Chairman of the National Australia Day Council, Deputy Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council for Veterans’ Mental Health and Veterans’ Employment, Patron of the SAS Association’s Wandering Warriors and National Ambassador for Legacy. It was his Legacy connection that brought him to the Tattersall’s Club on 13 March and he spoke with high praise of the wonderful job they do in helping so many families in need. Brisbane Legacy is one of 48 Clubs nationally and have just 26 staff to care for over 7,000 widows, children and dependants. Tattersall’s Members are strongly encouraged to get involved with Legacy, whether through attending Tattersall’s or Legacy Brisbane sponsored functions, volunteering as a Legatee to look after local families, or supporting with some individual or corporate investments. For more information on how you can be involved contact Club Membership Services.




THE WORLD WARS AND THE TATTERSALLS CLUB “The outbreak of war in August 1914 found Brisbane Tattersall’s acknowledged as one of the city’s leading publish institutions with some 379 Members,” Robert Longhurst, Friendship is Life.

Tattersall’s standing rose during the first World War and the Club flourished in the 20s, 30s and early years of Wold War II.

According to Club history, more than 2000 pounds were donated to the war effort and it also took immense pride in the war service of its Members and Members’ sons.”

By January 1941, 41 Tattersall’s Members were on active service in World War II and the Club waived payment of subscriptions whilst they were on service. Staff Members were also called up for service and it was decided the Club would continue to pay these staff a weekly gratuity and a war savings certificate group was established.

One particular Member of note was the son of Tattersall’s committeeman James Jack, who was awarded the Grand Military Cross for distinguished gallantry for fighting on the front in France.

Tattersall’s also loaned the government money and temporarily extended “Honorary Membership” to officers and men under service of the Commanding Officer of the United States Forces in Brisbane, and according to all Despite being told by his father “not to volunteer for anything”, Bob volunteered to become a bomb aimer for a new class of aircraft and completed the first bomb aimer’s course in Australia in mid-1944. When Japan entered the war in early 1942, the USA agreed to provide Australia with a fleet of B-24 Liberators to help defend the country and Bob was training to be crew.

JAMES ROBERT J.R (BOB) WALKER Born in Laidley 1 December 1925 Air Bomber, B-24 Liberator James Robert Walker – known in Tattersall’s Club simply as Bob Walker, he went to school in Emerald and Pialba, high school in Maryborough and Ipswich Boys Grammar but left school early to get a job. However, Bob’s father was a teacher but had also served in the army in WWI and his brother had served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces in Japan so it didn’t take Bob long to work out that he too wanted to be in the forces. At age 16 he signed up to the Air Training Corps with visions of being a pilot. “I liked the idea of being a pilot – you know with a girl on each arm,” he said. But in December 1943 he went to Kingaroy for three months of training and his hopes were dashed when he failed his depth perception training. “I got categorised as a navigator bomber and had to go to Evans Head,” he said.



In September 1944, after six months of general navigation and aircraft training, Bob was sent to Tocomwal in NSW to crew up. “We worked pretty hard there – by December we were finished, we were crewed up and we got to know each other,” Bob said. “My skipper was an ‘old bloke’ he was 25. The first thing he told me is ‘I’m one run Campbell – if you don’t get rid of it I will’” By December 1944, Bob and his crew were ready and waiting in Sydney for further instructions. Those instructions came in early 1945 when a Liberator crew sadly perished. Bob and his crew travelled to Tipton near Dalby to replace them but when they arrived, there was no plane for them to fly and the squadron was being moved to Darwin. “They moved us from Dalby to Mt Isa in suburban passenger trains and some of the ground crew were put in charge of the carriages – so I had a lot of fun being in charge of older fellows,” Bob said. Bob’s crew subsequently ran 13 missions out of Darwin during the last days of war, with the furthest mission taking them 13 hours north to Borneo.

reports, entertained large numbers of military personnel at the Club at various times. Friendship is Life journals from 1939 to 1945, “Tattersall’s had been at the forefront of patriotic activities in Brisbane and had played a vital role as a meeting place for leading military and business men”. The war time effort culminated in a Victory Ball on Wednesday 19 September 1945, attended by 500 guests. Today, there are only three Members of the Club who were on active service during World War II and are still alive today to tell the tale. In this issue we share their stories. *Friendship is Life, A history of Tattersall’s Club Brisbane, 1993, by Robert Longhurst,

During his service, Bob wrote a “Good Guts Book” over a “beer or two” which detailed the procedures for aiming and releasing the bombs. The book also contained the bail-out procedures and is a rare insight into the technical difficulties of the aircraft they were flying. One of the things he clearly remembers about the time was crawling into his position at the front of the plane. “I never saw a take-off. My station was at the starter motor to start the engines. After being airborne, the front gunner and I had to crawl up the passage under the main deck, “he said. After the war, Bob returned to Brisbane and took up working with Bank of Adelaide. He met his wife Stella, at the bank and married in 1953 and they had a daughter in 1958. When the Bank tried to transfer him to Streaky Bay a year later, he jumped ship and landed in Commonwealth Steel, later moving to Lysaght Steel which become BHP. Bob joined the Tattersall’s Club in 1985 and a year later “much to his surprise was made Queensland Manager of BHP”. He retired at in 1987 aged 62. Throughout his life, Bob has kept fit by playing hockey with ex-service men at the Valley Hockey Club. Bob was a skipper and member of the Marine Rescue at Sandgate for over 15 years. He joined a gym program for DVA 18 years ago and still goes three times a week with his mates. He also regularly attends Tattersall’s functions and is fighting fit for a 93-year-old, with a quick wit and a story or two to tell.


Brian said when he got to the training base they “crewed up in a haphazard way” and a “six-foot-five Australian” pilot, Bruce Keen, asked him to become his rear gunner simply because he saluted when Bruce walked past.

BRIAN THOMAS HALLIGAN Born in Raby Bay, 6 September 1924 WWII Tail gunner, Wellington LN318, 142 Squadron Brian Halligan is one of only three Tattersall’s Club Members who fought in World War II and is still alive today. Members and staff know Mr Halligan as a colourful personality who regularly attends the Club and is often “playing up”. Brian attended Cleveland State School and Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) before signing up for the armed forces and afterwards became a prominent lawyer in Brisbane. In a speech to the Brisbane Club in June 2009, Brian explained that he tried to sign up to the Navy at the age of 17 in 1942, but was rejected because of his eyesight. “They said I could be a writer, decoder or stoker. I did not relish any of these vocations and I decided to wait until I was 18 and join the Air Force.” Brian did his initial Air Force training at Bradfield Park in Sydney and was categorised as a pilot but failed his “scrub test” in spectacular fashion. “The Chief Flying Instructor said to me: ‘Halligan you’ve got no sense of flying, no sense of direction and no sense of navigation… and you’re scrubbed, as of now’,” he told Tony Walsh in the Tattler, 2007 Winter edition. He subsequently completed an air gunnery course at Evans Head, qualified as a sergeant air gunner and was sent, via the USA, to the operational training base for Wellington Bombers at “Moreton in Marsh” in England. With a crew of five, the Wellington Bomber was designed in the 1930s by the British aircraft company, Vickers-Armstrong, and became the work-horse of the Second World War. A twin-engine, long-range medium bomber, it was used in night raids across Europe and carried eight browning machine guns and 2000kg of bombs.

His crew were subsequently posted to 142 squadron at an air force base at Foggia on the eastern coast of Italy, and commenced operations in a Wellington Mk x LN-318. Brian had a close call on their seventh mission after his rear turret was damaged by cannon shell from a German night fighter. “We were going down in flames in a steep dive,” he said. “The pilot ordered us to bail out, but as my parachute was behind the doors of the turret, “I could not get to it. I knew I would be dead in a couple of minutes.” Brian went on to explain that the pilot, “with Herculean strength”, was able to regain control of the plane but thought that his rear gunner had “gone for a Burton” (died) and decided to continue on to the bomb target 200 miles away. The plane was unable to discharge its bombs on the target due to the damage sustained in the earlier attack and on the way back over the Adriatic Sea, Brian was able to alert the pilot that he was, in fact, still alive and the crew cut him free from his turret with an axe. Brian and his crew flew two more missions before being shot down on the tenth over Austria on the 30th of May, 1944. Details of his final mission and his time as a prisoner of war (POW) are immortalised and remembered in the book The Long Road: Trials and Tribulations of Airmen Prisoners from Stalag Luft by Oliver Clutton-Brock, Raymond Crompton. The target for the 38 Wellingtons of the RAF’s Italian-based 205 Group on the night of 29/30 May 1944, beyond the mighty River Danube (Donau), was the Luftwaffe airfield Fels am Wagram, near Feursbrunn, 50 kilometres north west of the Austrian capital, Vienna. Only Wellington LN318, 142 Squadron from Amendola failed to return with its crew of five. Brian’s account in the book is similar to the speech which he gave the Brisbane Club in 2009, and describes in detail how his aircraft was hit by a combination of flak and night fighter and was diving out of control when the captain ordered the crew to bail out. They bailed out at about 2,500 feet and Brian was able to successfully deploy his parachute but had sustained shrapnel injuries and landed in a tree.

After being discovered by local farmers and taken to hospital in St Polten, the German fighter pilot who shot them down came to see him. “He was probably only about 25, but he had a lot of braid and medals and he said to me in perfect English:- ‘Young man, you shouldn’t be fighting, you should be home with your Mother’.” To which Brian replied, “Sir, I couldn’t agree more”. After three weeks in hospital, Brian was taken to Frankfurt for interrogation and to the prisoner of war camp at Stalag Luft VII Bankau Germany (Poland) in South East Germany. He said camp rations were “barely adequate” but being a Sergeant meant he didn’t have to work so he played sport all day and successfully represented Australia against England in cricket matches. When the war was drawing towards an end in January 1945 and the Russians were advancing towards the camp, the whole POW camp (which consisted of a couple of thousand prisoners) set out on 240km march in the bitter cold to Stalag III-A. It was here that Brian was reunited with his pilot and walked free when the camp was liberated by Russian tanks. When Brian got back to Brisbane, he completed an arts degree and law degree at UQ and was a founder and senior partner of Walsh Halligan Douglas before becoming a consultant to Canning, Weil, MacGillivray, Halligan. He retired in 2006 at the age of 82. He joined Tattersall’s Club in 1954 and has three sons who also became Members in 1985 and 1990. There are plenty of stories to tell about Brian’s time at the Club after the war, including impromptu drill and marching inspections at the bar. Brian was regarded as a legend in his own lunchtime and was especially known for his entertaining antics at long lunches at The Milano restaurant in Queen Street which was run by Gino, father of Dean Merlo, of the coffee empire. REFERENCES: The Long Road: Trials and Tribulations of Airmen Prisoners from Bankau to Berlin, June 1944-May 1945 by Oliver Clutton-Brock, Raymond Crompton Brian Halligan, SPEECH AT BRISBANE CLUB ON 23 JUNE 2009 Brian Halligan 2016 Interview with Heritage Interest Group Member Dr. Michael O’Shea The Tattler, Winter 2007. Members Profile – The Halligan Brothers by Tony Walsh




into Air Force training. He initially applied to work as a gunner, owing to his experience with a gun from his farming days, but the Air Force had other plans for him. “The Air Force said, ‘No, your eye sight is such that you will be a pilot’. At that stage, I couldn’t even drive a motor car, never had a motor bike – I had a push bike and that was all. Jack trained as a single engine pilot and got his wings in Uranquinty, NSW but his dream to contribute to the war were dashed yet again. With no single engine aircraft available to fly in Australia, he was sent off to Arden to work with the RAAF. “By the time I got there, most of the fun had occurred and I was set to do army co-operation work.”

JOHN MCPHAIL (JACK) HAMLYN Born 20 April 1924 in Miles QLD Single Engine Pilot, RAAF Jack Hamlyn was country born (as John McPhail Hamlyn) but city raised. Educated at Indooroopilly State School and finishing his junior certificate at Grammar, he spent the first few years post school working as a dairy farmer and office boy, before enrolling in the RAAF to fight in World War II. Jack, as he is known around the Club, spent some time talking to Heritage Interest Group Member Dr. Michael O’Shea on 21 July 2016 and shared his amazing story, that took him from the suburbs of Brisbane to war and back again. “After the examination for the junior (certificate), I Ieft the Grammar School and immediately I was packed off up to Crows Nest to a dairy farm where my grandfather had settled.,” Jack said. “He was deceased at that time but the dairy farm was being run by my Aunt. She had one staff who joined the forces – leaving her to hand milk (there were no separators then) 30 odd cows and attend to the pigs all by herself. “So young John was sent by his parents up there.” Jack said he had spent his summers on the farm and knew roughly what to do but the next six months gave him an education in rural life. “I worked for well over six months as a dairy farmer, hand milking with my Aunt the 30 odd cows, feeding pigs, mending fences and the like, until my circumstances changed. Help had arrived - a service man not fit for service.



“I went back to Brisbane, but of course by that time all the jobs for school leavers had been filled. I had quite a long time searching for a job. Eventually I met an old Grammar School Master, who introduced me to an insurance broker firm and I got the job as an office boy.” Jack says he was an office boy until the day he turned 18, on which he promptly signed up with his parents’ permission to join the RAAF. “That took a lot of persuasion. Because at that time my brother was a prisoner of war (POW) in the Syria campaign with the Vichy French. He was later released by the Vichy and returned to Brisbane, where he went up to Kokoda – lost part of his hand and was then relieved out of Kokoda.” “There were thousands like me – who just had to pick up their life and do something about it.” Jack subsequently completed the aptitude test to become aircrew and was sent away to “wait at their pleasure” to be taken into the Air Force, but in the meantime was called up to the Army and spent 56 days at Goondiwindi. “I would have been there for some time, had it not been for a Captain in the Army who saw me out there,” he said. “I was friends with his son who had joined the RAAF. He said you wanted to join the RAAF – I said I did and they put me in the Army in the meantime. So, he pulled a few strings and I was released only to be sent to aircrew ground staff training.” Jack said the second “muck up” was corrected and several months later he had clearance to go

“I was told to keep my hours up and do what flying I could, because it was anticipated as the second frontage started the single engine, pilots would be doing a lot of striking and there would be a high casualty rate– but that did not occur fortunately for me.” After the war finished, Jack returned to England and took up farming in Cheshire, while waiting for a boat back to Australia. He arrived back in Brisbane in 1946 and re-started his career in insurance, after reading a government booklet on insurance for ex-servicemen. “I use to lick stamps and look after the accounts, but I had no insurance knowledge. I couldn’t drive a motor car, I could drive an aircraft, but I knew nothing,” Jack said. “There were thousands like me – who just had to pick up their life and do something about it.” Jack became a Lloyds broker and gradually picked up the threads of life by joining debating societies and speaking groups. He joined Tattersall’s Club for work purposes in 1951 and has now been a Member for 67 years. Jack married the year prior to joining (1950) and subsequently had two sons and one daughter. He continued to move up the ranks in his insurance career and became the Director of Edward Lumley and Sons in 1968. “I have introduced many, many people and brought many people to this Club from here and overseas and they have always been very pleasantly surprised at not only the quality, but the Membership that they have met through me,” Jack said. “I’ve always been a great supporter, but age is catching me now.” Jack celebrated his 94th birthday with lunch at the Club on 20 April 2018.

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RON DUFFICY – A SURE THING Ron Dufficy has always been a sure thing from an early age to reap rewards in the racing game.

Just doing every day what I love... my job sparking off a new line of thought for jockeys in their jobs. Ron went on to manage Lenny Beasley who rode out his apprenticeship to become Sydney’s number one. Another decade on and Sky Channel was on the scene and on the screen. Racing Retro became the programme to see for punters news, previews and reviews. Ron had the form and took up the running appearing on the Sky Sunday thoroughbred show with Graeme McNeice and Richard Freedman. “It was great starting off back then in 2001 and I’m still here” Laughed Ron. “And loving every minute” he added. Ron is a regular on Thoroughbred Weekly and Sky’s Thursday night Form Line as well as Sky Sports Radio. (Big Sports Breakfast on Saturday mornings). If he is not busy enough, he pens previews and reviews in the daily and Sunday newspapers and is a regular on twitter with a big fan Club.

A familiar face of Sky Racing, the ever popular “Duff” as he has been fondly donned, has been seen and heard with his punting picks and form previews for over two and a half decades across our television and radio airwaves. A former jockey, Duff made the transition to transistor in 1989 when he first became the thoroughbred punter’s mate; delivering “the late mail” on Sydney’s racing radio 2KY. Apprenticed at the age of 16, he describes himself as a “somewhat successful” jockey. “I rode a couple of hundred winners with the most memorable winning the AJC Gr 3 San Dominico Stakes for Tommy Smith on Gallery Level in 1986 and riding Beans for Singo to take the Gr 3 Black Opal” he recalls.

Bart Cummings was his master until a stable change to trainer Mal Barnes. Ron strode a top some of the heroes in our history. “I rode Red Anchor, who I think, could have been better than Kingston Town and Shaftesbury Avenue, what a great horse.” He claimed.

Ron has become a regular on track in Queensland during the height of winter racing. Hosting and covering the Carnival for Sky Racing on Sky Thoroughbred Central, Ron is a popular “pop in” addition to the television broadcast team.

Ten years on, and numerous falls off, Ron retired from the riding ranks and took up radio ratings instead. With race riding know how and nous, Sydney listened to his tips and tapped into his quips and punting previews with a passion. Ron was on his way and on the airwaves.

Ron burns for racing and the horse. It’s been his life all his life. Born into the game playing the game, Ron laughs when he proudly claims he was taking bets on the phone at the age of 10. “My dad was an SP bookmaker, and so was my mum! I was always involved and got the bug young, not only for the racing game but for the love of the horse.”

Still part of the jockey army but now on the ground studying the form, Ron with ideas and attitude, began booking rides on the side for jockey Jimmy Cassidy. In effect he became the first ever “jockey manager” in Australia,

There was no doubting Ron’s route in life. He was always a sure thing to be in racing and when asked of the highlight of his career. “Just doing every day what I love.... my job”




UBET QUEENSLAND WINTER RACING CARNIVAL PREVIEW The Queensland Winter Racing Carnival has been one of the most prestigious racing events across Australia and New Zealand for the best part of a century.

Waterhouse, James Cummings and Darren Weir – to name a few – to assist in propelling their horses into some of Australia’s biggest races.

Running from Thursday, 10 May to Saturday, 23 June, the carnival shines the spotlight on Queensland’s industry participants for 12 weeks each year, capturing the attention of racing fans across Australia and the world. With more than $15 million in prize money and eight history-rich Group 1 events, the carnival is recognised as a pathway to further feature race success.

“Our Carnival has developed a reputation as the launchpad to Melbourne’s famous Spring Carnival, with horses such as Winx and Redzel scoring their maiden Group 1 victories here. It is also the final opportunity for trainers, owners and breeders to secure important black-type for their horses before the season wraps up in July.”

Betting agency UBET is the major sponsor for this year’s Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, providing funds to enhance the prize pools. “We are very excited to have welcomed UBET aboard as our major sponsor for the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. The generous sponsorship will provide a $600,000 boost to participants across all three codes by the way of bonus prize money for the North Queensland thoroughbred carnival, the Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival and the new UBET Origin Greyhound Series” says CEO of Racing Queensland, Steven Wilson. By Angeline Lowther Photos courtesy of Racing Queensland



The Carnival provides a platform for Queensland trainers to take on the likes of champion southern trainers such as Gai

Racing fans from the southern parts of Australia, as well as overseas, find Queensland’s warmer winter climate the perfect opportunity to keep up-to-date on the latest racing spectacles, as well as the opportunity to travel to different parts of the State including Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. However, it’s not just the visitors that soak up the Queensland sun. “A common theme you hear from trainers and owners is how their horses thrive in the warmer climate of a Queensland winter.” Meanwhile, behind the scenes of the brandnew Eagle Farm stables, Trainers are heavily preparing for their races including Trainer Rob Heathcote who has been working with horses for 20 years.


“Only genuine Group 1 horses win major races during the UBET Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. As we saw last year with horses such as Redzel, Ruthven, Impending, Egg Tart and Tycoon Tara, horses will need to bring their A-game to take home a feature at Doomben this year.” Looking forward to seeing what Queensland horses come out on top, Wilson also gave Tattler an inside tip into who to watch over the course of the Carnival.


“The stables at Eagle Farm are state-of-theart stables. The new development has really utilised the land to its best potential.” Heathcote is the proud Trainer of Femme Fireball and Alpine Dancer, two horses to be running in this years’ UBET Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. “I’ve been happy with previous wins for these horses, however, they both should have won their last races. Alpine Dancer ran third and was widely considered unlucky because it got blocked by another runner, as did Femme Fireball when it came fifth in its last race. It was frustrating at the time, but it’s the luck of racing.” Heathcote says victory is his main ambition for the up and coming carnival. “I hope I can win a couple of races. For me, it’s work, and we hope we have a success. Alpine Dancer and Femme Fireball are both definitely capable of winning at the winter carnival. During the carnival, we get a lot of interstate and New Zealand visitors, with visiting horses always the biggest to beat. Horses from people such as Chris Waller and James Cummings are always hard to beat. Ciaron Maher from Melbourne brings a strong team. Races are bloody hard to win. We have a powerful southern stable. To coin a phrase by

Kevin Costner, ‘you build it and they will come.’”

“One of the great things about the UBET Queensland Winter Racing Carnival is the competition between the local trainers and interstate raiders. Queensland’s premier trainer Tony Gollan always produces a strong team. Queensland will also have the likes of Toby Edmonds, Kelly Schweida, Chris Munce, Desleigh Forster and Rob Heathcote ready to take on champion southern trainers such as Chris Waller, Darren Weir, James Cummings, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Team Hayes-Hayes-Dabernig, and Matthew Dunn.”

Jockey Ronnie Stewart has been racing for 17 years. Stewart is originally from Adelaide but completed most of his riding overseas. He started as an apprentice in Sydney, then moved to Singapore for 8 years where he picked up some handy tips on overseas racing. Stewart also spent a bit of time in Macau and Mauritius.

Of course, the excitement for race-goers surrounding each Queensland Winter Racing Carnival is finding out who the next future stars of Queensland Racing will be.

However, the seasoned Jockey is looking forward to the competition of the Winter Carnival, backing the general comments that interstate horses are the biggest rivals.

The gift of racing keeps on giving with a Queensland-first. Racing Queensland announced earlier this year it would host the first Battle of the Bush Series. This exciting new series for country racing will bring 16 horses and their connections to Brisbane for the $100,000 Battle of the Bush final on Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara Day at Doomben on June 23.

“I look forward to seeing the better quality of horses’ year after year. Horses from interstate or Melbourne are the most competitive, but you’re there to win. Winning gives you a good buzz.” As for his favorite Winter Carnival track, Ronnie says the bigger the track, the better. “I’m a fan of the Sunshine Coast because it’s got a nice big track. It’s got a big long strait which gives something a good chance.” When asked what it will take for the best horses to win at Doomben, Racing Queensland CEO Steven Wilson says that the hard work will simply have to pay off.

“You never know what will be uncovered! Will there be a horse that is produced at the Winter Carnival that we are all talking about in 20, 30, or 50 years’ time?”

Racing Queensland welcomed a new CEO in Brendan Parnell in May. Backing the new CEO, Steven Wilson says Mr Parnell has a strong background in the racing and wagering space. “We believe Mr Parnell offers the skills that will help in our mission to make racing Queensland’s favourite sport, which includes the delivery of important infrastructure projects to help racing grow for future generations.”







Matt Jensen, CEO and Founder of M.J. Bale THE TATTERSALL’S TIARA RACE DAY IS FAST APPROACHING, HAVE YOU EVER WON FASHIONS ON THE FIELD? No, and I’ve never even gotten close to winning one, either. I saw the Parramatta Eels won their first game over the weekend in a long while, so maybe my time is coming.

PERSONALITY PLAYS A BIG PART IN FASHIONS ON THE FIELD WITH BOLD PRINTS, POLKA DOTS AND PAISLEY. WHAT PLAYFUL PRINTS ARE TRENDING THIS SEASON? Autumn and winter racing traditionally tends to be less colourful than spring races, but with shirts you can go for a large check or thick stripe. Add a pop of personality with a classic striped tie and colourful printed pocket square. It’s less about the print at the autumn races, and more about the colour and tones.

ACCESSORISING PLAYS A BIG PART FOR BOTH LADIES AND GENTS, WHAT IS A STATEMENT MUST-WEAR PIECE TO ADD AN EXTRA POLISH TO A LOOK? The concept of classicism and men’s dressing is that the man is noticed, never the clothes. I’d be wary about wearing something just to



make a statement. In saying that, a punchy pocket square always finishes off an outfit. It’s important that you don’t match the colour of your pocket square with your tie. Pick up on a colour from your jacket instead. Steer clear of straw hats. A felt hat is the encouraged accompaniment, as they tend to be more structured and work well with a tailored look.

WHAT MAKES M.J. BALE SUCH A GREAT STORE TO SOURCE MEN’S RACING ATTIRE? M.J. Bale are experts in natural fibres, particularly Australian merino wool. We work at farm level with a merino farm in Tasmania called Kingston to supply us with premium quality single-source wool for our Kingston suits. When it comes to racing, we’re a ‘total look’ brand, meaning we have everything the customer needs to complete his race day look. This includes everything from 100% Australian merino wool suits, overcoats and waistcoats, cotton shirts, luxurious silk ties and pocket squares, socks, and shoes. We like to make sure any man can walk in and walk out feeling like a gentleman of character.

WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT THE UPCOMING TATTERSALL’S WINTER RACING CARNIVAL? There’s nothing like racing season, is there? What a great excuse to get dressed up and have some fun with friends. We’re looking forward to it. M.J. Bale is located on the ground floor of the Wintergarden


Milano Imai, Founder of Field Fashion Community Facebook Group THE TATTERSALL’S TIARA RACE DAY IS FAST APPROACHING, HAVE YOU EVER WON FASHIONS ON THE FIELD OR ANY OTHER MAJOR COMPETITIONS? I’ve placed top 3 in over a dozen competitions since I started in 2011. I guess you can say I’m a bit of a FOTF addict. Two years ago, I won the Tattersall’s competition and was thrilled to win flights for two to China. I took my mum and we had a wonderful time. My biggest win to date is coming second place at Melbourne Cup Racecourse in 2014.

YOU PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN FIELD FASHION, WHAT MADE YOU DELVE INTO THIS PARTICULAR FASHION AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY FOR? I started my racing fashion blog in 2015 after I had been entering FOTF for four years. Ladies showed an interest in what I was wearing and how I added embellishments to my outfits so I thought it would be fun to write about my experiences. I write about all topics related to racing fashion, including


guides on what to wear, racewear trends, DIY tips, updates from different race days and opinion piece.


I’ve also started Field Fashion Community Facebook Group, which now has over 2,500 Members. It’s a great place to connect with other racing fashion enthusiasts, talk fashion, get outfit advice and support each other.

I love the Winter Racing Carnival because there are so many consecutive weeks of racing and FOTF competitions. The atmosphere is fantastic, the weather is cool but not too cold and you get to have a bit of fun dressing in Autumn/ Winter attire.

HAVE YOU TRAVELLED INTERNATIONALLY PARTICIPATING IN FASHIONS ON THE FIELD AND WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE? This year I attended my first international race day; I was invited to judge the Viva Prix de Fashion Competition in Auckland at Ellerslie Race Course. In the future, I would love to attend the Dubai World Cup and of course Royal Ascot. They seem like they would be incredible experiences and it would be interesting to see different styles from other parts of the world.

PREVIOUS WINTER RACING CARNIVALS HAVE SEEN A RANGE OF FASCINATOR STYLES AND CREATIONS; FROM JEWEL CROWNS TO BOATER HATS. WHAT STYLES DO YOU BELIEVE ARE TRENDING THIS SEASON? I think we will see a lot of rich beautiful velvet pieces from turbans to berets. A leather boater or percher is always a chic staple that can be worked with many outfits and I am loving the look of coloured veiling in various sizes added to spice up a hat.

4 1. Matt Jensen of MJ Bale. 2. Dress by Andrew Semple dress and Marilyn Van Den Berg millinery. 3. Dress by Andrew Semple and Peacock Millinery. 4. Dress by Sheike and Peacock Millinery.

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QUEENSLAND REDS HEAD COACH BRAD THORN Brad Thorn became a household name in Australia and New Zealand during his long Rugby Union and Rugby League career spanning 22 seasons. Brad played 200 games in the NRL spanning 10 seasons before turning to Rugby Union as a lock where he played 30 games for Canterbury and 92 games for the Crusaders. During this period, he earned 59 All Black Caps. During 2011 and 2015, Brad held contracts with overseas Clubs such as the Sanix Blues (Japan), Leinster (Ireland), Highlanders (New Zealand) and Leicester (England). He made 14 appearances for Queensland in the State of Origin, with two wins in 1998 and 1999. He also played for the Kangaroos, harnessing 8 Test Matches for Australia. Brad was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his contribution to Australia’s international standing in rugby league. Although he retired from Professional Rugby Union at the end of the 2014-2015 season,

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Thorn became Assistant Coach with the Queensland Reds U20’s and soon began coaching Queensland Country playing two games for the side, representing Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship at the end of 2016. Originally from Mosgiel, Otago, New Zealand, Brad now resides in Australia with his wife and four children between the ages of 8-14. 2018 is his first season as Head Coach of the Reds. Tattler caught up with Brad to talk all things Rugby Union.

BRAD, YOU’VE HAD A STELLAR RUGBY LEAGUE AND RUGBY UNION CAREER, SO COACHING MUST HAVE BEEN AN OBVIOUS CAREER PATH FOR YOU. YOU’RE STILL PASSIONATE ABOUT PLAYING, SO HOW DID YOU FIND THE CAREER CHANGE? When I played in Japan after the World Cup, the team and its pack were struggling a little bit so I asked if I could coach the forwards. That led me to doing some coaching in the gym as well with about 12 players because they asked if they could train with me. That gave me a taste of coaching and then I went to the Highlanders and coached gym while I played. The Reds talked to me about coming here when I finished up, so I came here – without a grand plan of being a coach - but I started out with the Queensland Under 20s and coaching has gone on from there. Obviously I still love playing, so the hardest thing is that when the game starts, I obviously still want to get out and play, but I’ve got to sit behind the glass and watch what they do. In saying that, it’s not easy, but it’s nice to be in footy and be around the guys and hopefully see them reach their potential as footy players and hopefully impact on them as young men.



YOUR FIRST SEASON AS HEAD COACH FOR THE QUEENSLAND REDS IS WELL UNDERWAY, WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON? I just want to keep developing this young team. I’m just trying to bring young guys through, grow the depth of the Club and try to win games - so we’ll see how it goes. 

WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES THIS SEASON? There’s been a few solid challenges. We’ve got a young squad, I brought a lot of guys up from the U20s and NRC, so that’s been challenging. Of our first seven games, five of them were away, and we’ve travelled around the world in that time. Super Rugby is a difficult competition, so there’s always different challenges to overcome.

WOMEN’S SPORT IS GROWING, ESPECIALLY IN DIFFERENT RUGBY CODES. WHAT CAN THE REDS MALE PLAYERS LEARN FROM THE REDS FEMALES PLAYERS? At the moment, the women are playing for the love of it, so it’s good to remember that. You’d like to think whether you get paid or not that you’d be giving it your best effort, so it’s good to see them out there doing their thing and enjoying themselves.

WHAT IS SOME ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO CHILDREN WHO WANT TO PLAY REPRESENTATIVE RUGBY UNION? In Rugby, as with anything in life, you get out what you put in. If you work hard, you’ll get some good results. Staying humble is important too. If you’re humble, you’re keen to listen and learn. Not everyone can be a professional player, but if you be the best you can be, whether that’s playing for the Wallabies or playing third grade, you can look in the mirror and be proud.  





Guests at An Evening with Ben Roberts-Smith in March 2018

Tattersall’s Race Day President’s Lunch at Doomben Racecourse in March 2018

Anzac Day Service at Tattersall’s Club April 2018

Guests at An Evening with Ben Roberts-Smith in March 2018

Ladies High Tea with Act For Kids in March 2018

Anzac Day Service at Tattersall’s Club April 2018


Guests at An Evening with Ben Roberts-Smith in March 2018

Ladies High Tea with Act For Kids in March 2018

Anzac Day Service at Tattersall’s Club April 2018

Tattersall’s Race Day President’s Lunch at Doomben Racecourse in March 2018

Ladies High Tea with Act For Kids in March 2018

Anzac Day Service at Tattersall’s Club April 2018



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13 June

Ladies High Tea

28 June


21 July  Triple M Rocks Tattersall’s Race Day President’s Lunch

B2B Networking Event


21 June

27 July  Christmas in July Lehman Wine Dinner

10 July

22 June  An Evening with Peter Moody

23 June  Tattersall’s Tiara Race Day President’s Lunch

18 July

19 July

AUGUST  An Evening with Glenn Mcgrath

3 August

 igh Tea with Women in Beef H Guest Speakers Anne Galloway and Tracey Hartmann

Senior Members Lunch

18 August

President’s Winter Social

30 August

Gin Masterclass

Red Wine Masterclass



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+TATTERSALL’S ARCADE Tattersall’s Club Arcade Tenants have provided the following discounts to all Tattersall’s Club Members upon presentation of their Membership card. Take advantage of these special offers and support the Tattersall’s Arcade Tenants.

TATTERSALL’S ARCADE The Tattersall’s Arcade is one of Brisbane’s oldest and most prestigious shopping precincts. Opened in 1926, the Arcade features premier outlets for all of your shopping needs. Tattersall’s Arcade Tenants include: •A  G Designer Jeweller

• ESQ Male Grooming

• Marchetti

• Robert’s Menswear

• Optiko

• St.George Bank

• Bankwest

• Hunt Leather

• Queen St Physio

• Virgin Mobile

• Canturi

• Lannah Dunn

• Rimowa

• Vodafone

• Dello Mano

• Longchamp

View the complete directory of Tattersall’s Arcade Tenants at

ITALIAN APERITIVO Each Friday starting from 5.00pm Marchetti hosts an ‘Italian Aperitivo’, which is the beloved Italian Milanese tradition of light Italian cocktails (think Aperol spritz, Campari soda) enjoyed with small Italian bites such as crispy arancini balls and freshly baked authentic pizza. 10% DISCOUNT to all Members on presentation of Tattersall’s Club Membership card.



OPTIKO eyewear now in its 12th year, is proud to call Tattersall’s Arcade home to its flagship store. Superlative designs and craftsmanship for the discerning wearer, coupled with the latest in eye examination equipment.

We have the best coffee in the CBD right here in our beautiful arcade. Marchetti cafe brings the best of Italian elegance and charm to Brisbane. Italian breakfasts and great Italian treats (and of course the now iconic ‘meatballs’)

10% DISCOUNT to all Members on presentation of Tattersall’s Club Membership card.

10% DISCOUNT to all Members on presentation of Tattersall’s Club Membership card.

The brand new Lannah Dunn website is here! Showcasing our diverse range of Fine, Antique and Modern Jewellery, it offers just a taste of the beautiful pieces available in store. Which Includes this classic Onyx and Fine White Diamond Deco inspired earrings, $999 and ring only $799, part of our newly released Onyx and Diamond Collection. For our Members we offer express repairs at very competitive prices.

DELLO MANO High Time for High Tea - We invite you to enjoy our handcrafted high tea in the surrounds of Tattersall’s Arcade. Sumptuous traditional ribbon sandwiches and quiche. Dello Mano handcrafted mini high tea cakes and signature luxury brownies. Finished with fluffy scones, jam and cream. Choose from the Arcadian or Chocolate Queen High Teas. Book between Friday 1 June and Friday 31 August 2018 and receive a (1) complimentary six piece Dello Mano gift box (Valued at $24).


Winter at Dello Mano Luxury Brownies Come enjoy our friendly hospitality, and our new winter menu. Delight in our Signature Luxury Brownies and Cakes. Enjoy our hot savouries, soups and salads. Savour our flavoursome coffee, leaf tea and our hand crafted Signature hot Chocolate. 10% Discount to all Members on Presentation of Tattersall’s Membership Card 

Lannah Dunn 07 3221 1588 or

07 3210 1168   *Dello Mano is a proud Member of Tattersall’s Club

To book 07 3210 1168 or   Other discounts do not apply with this High Tea Offer.



Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii



It’s hard to think of Hawaii without picturing tropical palm trees, beaches framed by rainbows, vibrant coral reefs, lush national parks and spectacular volcanoes. Whether you have an adventurous spirit that is yearning for an escape full of hiking and diving or if you are in need of relaxing getaway to soak up the sun, the Hawaiian Islands have something for everyone. OAHU’S BEST BEACHES There is no better place to indulge in Hawaii’s laidback surf culture than the beaches of Oahu.

LANIKAI BEACH Located in the sleepy town of Kailua, Lanikai is one of Hawaii’s most famous beaches. Known for its year-round crystal clear and calm waters it is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

WAIKIKI BEACH This 3km long beach is conveniently divided into sections connected by boardwalks and lavish hotels. The warm, calm water makes Waikiki Beach the perfect place for swimming, surfing, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding.


LET THE VIEW FROM DIAMOND HEAD TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY The Diamond Head hiking trail was originally used by the US army in 1908 as part of the Fort Rugur military base. Today visitors to the island take advantage of the summits 360 degree views of Oahu after a leisurely 60-minute walk to the top.

VISIT THE USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL AT PEARL HARBOUR Built in 1962, the USS Arizona Memorial is accessible only by boat and sits over the sunken hull of the USS Arizona battleship. Tours also include access to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, the Battleship Missouri Memorial and the recently developed Pearl Harbour virtual reality centre.

Located on the North Shore of Oahu, Sunset Beach is a great place for families and holiday dwellers during the summer months when the vibrant blue water is calm. However, when the winter months roll in so do the large waves, making the water conditions only suitable for the most experienced surfers.



Situated along the North Shore of Oahu, this family-friendly snorkelling location is brimming with a variety of turtles and fish among its shallow waters.

With giant waves peaking between the months of December and February, Oahu’s North Shore transforms into an awe-inspiring, surfenthusiast’s mecca, becoming the transient home to some of the world’s best surfers.



Suited to snorkelers of all levels, Hanauma Bay is full of colourful fish including the official state fish of Hawaii, the Humuhumu-nukunuku-apua’a.


SHARKS COVE Rated as one of the top 12 shore dives in the world, Sharks Cove features an impressive amount of sea life from turtles to crustaceans and

fish. This is the perfect location for intermediate to advanced snorkelers and divers alike.

HIKE A VOLCANO IN HILO Take a trip to The Island of Hawai’i, or as locals call The Big Island and hike the 600,000-year-old active volcano, Kilauea. Tours for this lava-filled adventure give you the opportunity to learn about the history and legends of Kilauea Volcano from a scientific and cultural perspective. While visiting Hawaii, Tattersall’s Club Members are invited to visit Honolulu Club, Outrigger Canoe Club or The Pacific Club. All reciprocal Clubs offer a range of modern facilities, including fine dining and swimming pools. The Clubs are the centre of social and cultural life for Members, families, guests, travellers and residents on the Island of Hawaii. Honolulu Club (C) ~ Hawaii 932 Ward Avenue HONOLULU HAWAII 96814 USA Ph: 1 808 543 3900 Email: Outrigger Canoe Club (C) ~ Hawaii 2909 Kalakaua Avenue HONOLULU HAWAII 96815 USA Ph: 1 808 923 1585 E: The Pacific Club (B, C, 3) ~ Hawaii 1451 Queen Emma Street, HONOLULU HAWAII 96813 USA Ph: 1 808 536 0836 E:

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Saturday 9 December 2017

HOW MANY GUESTS: 149 ROOM: Reception in the Grand Ballroom

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+COUNTRY CORNER Ed McCormack Member from Dilga “My memories at Tattersall’s Club go back to many lunches, billiards and of course great camaraderie” says Ed McCormack when reminiscing on his time spent at the Club. This year marks 50 years as a Member of Tattersall’s Club for Ed and with all of his Member memories combined, nothing trumps the night of his daughter’s wedding reception, which was held at the Club’s Function Centre in 1998. A devoted husband to artist Carol McCormack and loving father to Clare, Charlie and Gus, Ed’s life is full of quality family time spent with his nine grandchildren. Ed was introduced to the Club by his father who was a regular Member in the 1950’s and 1960’s alongside his brother, Tom who was a prominent Brisbane solicitor and president of the Australian Rugby Union. Ed proudly speaks of his Grandfather, John McCormack’s connection to the Club through racing his champion horse, Syce at the Tattersall’s Challenge Stakes in 1928. “My sporting interests revolved around horses, starting with polocrosse and progressing to camp drafting. This took me to competitions across much of northern Australia and lead to election as President

of both State and National camp draft associations, says Ed. Having spent most of his life living between Toowoomba and Dilga where his parents owned the sheep property, Ed’s strongly tied family values and association with his wife led them into Droughtmaster Cattle of which he has enjoyed every minute. “This year marks our thirtieth year of on-property sales of Clonlara Stud bulls at Dilga. We are very proud of our herd and have won many commercial and stud cattle competitions across Queensland” says Ed. Currently, his youngest son Gus and his wife, Jen are principals of the cattle aggregation based at Dilga and are doing a great job in Ed’s opinion. Since the introduction of accommodation to Tattersall’s Club, Ed and his family have been regular guests. Ed particularly enjoys the old-style country atmosphere that transcends

the Club at Ekka time when the venue accommodates guests from around Australia. Ed always enjoys catching up with friends over breakfast of dinner in the Healy Room during this time. “The Club is a great base for a few days in the city, because it provides the opportunity to retreat for a few hours R&R when required” says Ed. Currently Ed and his wife Carol have two homes based in Toowoomba and Dilga. Together, they make the most of their love of travelling throughout the Australian outback, by embarking on a caravan road trip every year to visit spectacular places, family and friends. Ed is looking forward to the Tattersall’s Club Senior Members Lunch later this year to celebrate his 50 years of Membership alongside friends and fellow Members who have also qualified.

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In the technological age, society is facing an ever-increasing problem; the burnout.

• Detachment

You head home from a hard day at the office at 5.00pm (ideally). By the time you’ve got the train home, you’ve already answered three more phone calls and six emails.

• Apathy / hopelessness

After dinner, you spend “just an hour” trying to get ahead on that project you’re working on, so that you can spend more time on other work tomorrow. It is now 11pm and you realise that you’ve spent the last four hours pounding through work and have barely spoken to your family, but now you need to go to bed so that you can get up at 5.00am and go back to the office. Then maybe you can’t sleep, so you lay in bed reading for another two hours – likely research articles or work documents, because if you’re not going to be sleeping you may as well be productive, right? This may sound like an intense example, but it is how many people live their lives. Unfortunately, this is when burnouts most often occur. When you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands (whether those demands come from your boss, your clients or yourself) the body and the mind throw in the towel. THERE ARE MANY SIGNS OF A BURN OUT, INCLUDING: • Chronic fatigue • Insomnia • Impaired concentration and attention • Increased illness / impaired immune system • Anxiety • Depression • Anger / irritability • Pessimism

• Isolation • Lack of productivity All of these signs scream “I NEED A BREAK!” You can re-set after a burnout, usually with some time off of work – a bit of a sabbatical or a holiday will do a world of good and “extreme vacations” are a thing (ever thought of sandboarding the Peruvian desert?) but it’s altogether better to avoid burnout in the first place. Here are some helpful, simple strategies to help keep a work-life balance and avoid burnout: Work hours: Set yourself working hours (or stick to your set working hours). If you must do work at home, limit yourself to an hour and stick to it. Also, set yourself contactable hours and make sure that those who are likely to contact you outside of these hours, know you won’t be replying until the next working day. Stick to a routine: Similar to your work hours, stick to a regular eat-sleep routine as much as you can. With your body used to eating and sleeping at regular times, they are less likely to be impacted during times of higher stress. Take your lunch break: I mean, actually take it. Enjoy your full hour away from your desk – go for a walk in the sunshine or sit and read something relaxing. Basically, anything you find relaxing and unwinding that isn’t work. Change your mindset: Ever heard of the coloured hat system? Green is positive, blue is sad, red is aggressive, black or grey are negative, etc. Put on your green hat. Whatever the situation, actively focus more on the positive and the productive than the negative.

Positive people tend to have more energy and enthusiasm and lift those around them, whereas negative people are more likely to be downtrodden, quiet and drag those around them down. It takes time and practice to become a positive person, but it does have an impact. Exercise: Surprise, surprise, exercise. We know it releases endorphins to give you that feel-good feeling afterwards, but there’s more to it than that. The right exercise routine can also help to combat bad ‘desk posture’, old injuries and chronic illnesses that drag us down. If you feel bad physically, it’s hard to keep positive mentally as well. Get into the gym, get to your favourite boxing or pilates class or book a Personal Training session in your lunch break. If you’re that tight for time, keep some dumbbells on your passenger seat for when you’re stuck in traffic. Spend time with your loved ones: Whether it’s friends, family, your significant other or your pet, spending time with your loved ones break up the monotony of the daily grind and gives you something to look forward to. Studies also show that stronger relationship ties lead to higher levels of satisfaction in life, so get those bonds growing. In the end, it’s about variety and it’s about what works for you. No one else can tell you what you find relaxing, but it’s important that you find a program and a balance that works for you. If your thing is a slow yoga meditation, break out the mat but there’s nothing wrong with a surf or a skydive either, if that’s what you’re into. For more information, to book a Fitness Consult or to schedule Personal Training sessions, contact the Health and Wellness Centre on 07 3331 8877 or email




+MEMBER FOCUS RSA ARCHITECTS Brisbane Architects Robin and Fraser Spencer have collectively been Members of Tattersall’s Club for nearly seven decades.

“It is getting very crowded in the city, the traffic is horrendous, and the current policy is to continue to “push everyone” together,” he said. He said the “multi-story boxes sometimes 80 stories high” were dramatically changing the city feel, but at the same time, the policy makers were also desperately trying to claw back our heritage by, “keeping hundreds and hundreds of dilapidated cottages”. “Some of these houses go back before 1910 and they are certainly important to our heritage but we don’t have to keep hundreds of them. At the same time, some modern architectural buildings of note, are being pulled down. I think that’s a real error and something that we will regret in time.” But at 82, Robin hasn’t given up yet and can still be found at the drawing board every day and says he has no intention of leaving.

This year, Robin celebrates his 40th year of being a Member, and the father-son duo recently took some time out to reflect on their time at Tattersall’s and the way Brisbane has changed over the years. “I applied in 1967 and it took 11 years for me to become a Member,” Robin said “I love the place - the best part is, you can still find a quiet corner and feel like a Member.” Shortly after getting the nod to become a Member, Robin put his son Fraser on the waiting list to be considered on his 21st birthday. Fraser graduated as an architect from the University of Queensland in 1985, joined his dad in private practice soon after and was made a Member of Tattersall’s in 1989.

But since moving their offices to Kangaroo Point, the Club has become a special occasion venue and their daily lunch moved to another iconic venue - a move which led to one of their most awarded projects – the renovation of the Storey Bridge Hotel. “I really enjoyed that project – it was 10 years ago, but it’s still my favourite and a wonderful place to go and visit,” he said. The renovation and rebuild won seven awards including 2008 Australian Hotels Association Awards for Excellence Winner Best Pub or Hotel Operation. Together, Robin and Fraser have won a variety of awards for various projects.

“We had a city office in Mary St for donkey’s years and walked around the corner for lunch at Tattersall’s for 10 odd years. Some of the girls knew us so well, they’d bring up our order even before we asked – they really looked after us,” Robin said.

Robin Spencer Architects Pty Ltd in 1961 was actually created, after Robin won awards for his work with E. P. and A. I. Trewern, designing the Salvation Army Reform Centre for Girls “Kalimna” at Jephson Street in Toowong and the “Gold Medal” winning Irvine and Johnson Building at South Brisbane.

Fraser said the Club had always been part of his professional and personal life, and he has fond memories of office lunches at Tattersall’s and the obligatory crème de menthe afterwards, the punkahs operating over the bar and winning the Melbourne Cup Calcutta two years in a row.

His work was heralded as “modernist” and “brilliant” but the Salvation Army building is scheduled to be demolished this year to make way for a five-storey aged-care centre. This brings to mind a raw point for Robin about the changing face of Brisbane.



Together with Fraser, he manages a small team of five, including wife and mother, Janice Spencer, who works under “sufferance” one day a week because “she’s too young to retire”. The firm takes on everything from medical practices, yacht clubs, hotels and apartments to office and industrial buildings, multimillion dollar homes and small renovations. However, Robin said building and designing houses was reoccurring theme and something he thoroughly enjoyed. “Years ago when we were doing a lot of houses, we did manage to change the shape of things,” Robin said. Fraser agrees. “Our Brisbane houses have changed dramatically from a timber-framed, elevated square package plan with three rooms and a kitchen – to a new sub-tropical and site responsive design contributing to a Brisbane “alfresco feel,” he said. “As the aspirations of home owners continue to rise, we incorporated ensuites, playrooms, family and media rooms with alfresco and sosegarde spaces which are nearly all now mainstream. “Now we are now enjoying the possibility of a much smarter house than 50 years ago.” Fraser says there has been a slow but continual design innovation over the past 57 years in their practice, and a filtering to other architects and Brisbane project homes that has been “very satisfying”.



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CHILDREN’S MENU KIDS UNDER 12 DINE FOR FREE ALL YEAR ROUND* Sour Dough Crumbed Chicken Schnitzel Complimented with today’s roast vegetables and greens Spaghetti Bolognaise With grated cheddar cheese



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Toss the lamb shanks in flour, shaking off any excess. Place half of the oil in a large casserole over high heat. Add the shanks and brown well. Remove and set aside. Add the remaining oil to the pan and cook the onions and garlic until golden. Return the shanks to the pan. Add the wine, stock, tomatoes and rosemary and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.

8 Lamb Shanks, Trimmed Plain (All-Purpose) Flour, For Dusting 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 2 Onions, Sliced 4 Cloves Garlic, Sliced 1 Cup (250Ml) Red Wine 2½ Cups (625Ml) Beef Stock 1 X 400G Can Crushed Tomatoes 1 Tablespoon Rosemary Leaves 2 Tablespoons Chopped Flat-Leaf Parsley Leaves • Sea Salt And Cracked Black Pepper • Mashed Potato, To Serve

Remove the shanks and continue to simmer the sauce, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until reduced and thickened. Return the shanks to the pan with the parsley, salt and pepper. Mix through and serve with mashed potatoes.

Cheese Burger Grilled bacon and cheddar cheese, golden chips and petite salad. Served in Brioche Bun Crumbed Fish Fillets Accompanied with golden chips, buttered vegetables of the day (or) garden salad, lemon and tar tare sauce Tattersall’s Hawaiian Pizza Smoked ham and diced pineapple, topped with grated cheese Beef Lasagne Served with roast tomato sauce *

when dining from the children’s menu, and accompanied by an adult. For bookings phone 07 3331 8851.

Tattersall’s Club Accommodation

Tattersall’s Club welcomes Members, their partners and families to enjoy the Accommodation suites available in its CBD location. Members have the privilege of also booking suites for business associates, family and friends when they are travelling to Brisbane.

For more information or to reserve your suite contact 07 3331 8820, or

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Functions at Tattersall’s Tattersall’s Function Centre is the ideal venue for your next corporate or private event, providing a choice of 14 functions spaces. Our function centre combines excellent rates with exceptional service --Members receive a 50% discount on the standard room hire rate --Members who have private family celebrations will receive complimentary room hire

Contact our Co-ordinators to book your next function on 3331 8846 or


 ATTERSALL’S CLUB T ART PRIZE 2018 The 29th Landscape Art Prize is upon us and Members can expect a buzz of activity as we welcome the contributing artists for 2018.

An evening cocktail party celebrating art amongst fine food and drinks.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is Island Hopping and will feature the work of local Brisbane artists such as Bruce Buchanan and Barry Green. The exhibition will also feature a 50 painting showcase of local and national work.

John Beard, a local favourite and winner of the Wynne and Archibald Prizes in 2006 and 2007 will once again take part in the Landscape Art Prize.

Friday 7 September – A benefit lunch will be hosted by Genevieve Fraser will raise funds for GIVIT.

The winner of the 2017 Gallipoli Prize, Amanda Penrose Hart is a Club favourite who will exhibit once again.

An evening of Jazz, networking and art appreciation will conclude the exhibition at Tattersall’s Club. The exhibition will continue onto the Riverside Centre for public viewing until Friday 21 September.

Currently, Tattersall’s Club features work by Euan MacLeod, Davida Allen, Ian Smith, Elisabeth Cummings, Michael Nelson Jagamara and Jun Chen. Many contributing artists have received recognition amongst major galleries and industry awards. Who are the 2018 Artists? Sam Leach, winner of the Archibald Prize in 2010 and Wynne Prize will feature in this year’s line-up.

What’s on this year? Tuesday 4 September – This year we will offer an exclusive pre-exhibition preview on Tuesday. The exclusive preview includes a guided tour and first viewing of the exhibition. To register your interest please email Claire in Events on

We offer remembrance to past winners and judges who are no longer with us including Kenneth Jack (winner 1993), Matthew McCord (winner 1994), Andrew Sibley (winner 1995), John Millington (winner 1992) and Margaret Olley (judge 1998).

Wednesday 5 September – Art Appreciation High Tea including a painting demonstration and a guided tour of the exhibition.

For more information about the exhibition and to register for events please call 07 3331 8888 or visit






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+FUNCTION CENTRE NEWS Mater Foundation is a local organisation that has raised more than $39 million in the last three years. As one of Australia’s most respected health-based fundraising organisations, Mater Foundation is trusted by the community just as much as they are renowned for investing in the future of health, education and medical research. Betty McGrath OAM, a now auxiliary member of the organisation has dedicated her life to ensuring patients receive the absolute best care and medical assistance. “I helped to establish Mater Foundation and have been involved with the organisation for almost five decades” said Mrs McGrath “I am a committed and active member of Mater Foundation’s auxiliary and proudly assist in fundraising initiatives with a goal to provide world class medical equipment and care to patients” The generosity of the community has enabled Mater Foundation to provide more than $39 million in funding for projects across Mater Health, Mater Education and Mater Research in the past three years alone. “Mater Foundation holds a key role in the evolution of patient care and much of the funds they raise goes towards purchasing items like specialist medical equipment at Mater” “We have actively worked to raise funds for equipment that wouldn’t otherwise be purchased in order to make the patient experience at Mater more comfortable” Mater Foundation frequently holds a variety of events at Tattersall’s Club, which is a particularly special place to Betty McGrath.


Betty McGrath Fellowship

1.Dale Olsson with Betty McGrath

“The Tattersall’s Club is particularly special to me after hosting a dinner for my retirement at the function space along with many auxiliary functions and fundraising events” said Mrs McGrath.

“Tattersall’s Club offers top class food and employs top class staff. They are so respectful and considerate of our fundraising events and always willing to go the extra mile to support us”

“We have been holding events at Tattersall’s Club for more than 20 years and I wouldn’t want to hold our events anywhere else”

“The waiters at Tattersall’s Club look after our guests so well and make them feel like they are attending a special venue”

TATTERSALL’S FUNCTION CENTRE Tattersall’s Function Centre offers Members exclusive discounts across its 14 venues, all conveniently located under one roof. With flexible menu options, a Three Glass Rating wine list, accommodation and discounted parking, the Club offers a wide range of facilities and services all available in its heritage-listed inner-city location. From small boardroom meetings and intimate lunches, to conferences, gala dinners and weddings, Tattersall’s Function Centre has options to suit everyone. Email or call 07 3331 8846 today to talk to one of our professional event coordinators.





1. Tattersalls Club Committee 1922

Ray Conway commenced work as an errand boy at Tattersall’s Club in 1916. The Club was then located in the Isles Love Building in Adelaide St.

It was a particularly turbulent time in the Club’s history marked by frequent disputes and regular fisticuffs. It would certainly have been a ‘baptism of fire’ for the young Ray. The decision was made in 1921 to acquire the site for what is now the Club’s permanent home. Ray rose to the position of Club Providore in 1945 and on his retirement circa 1960 he wrote the following reminiscence of his 44 years of service.

Ray Conway – Transcontinental Hotel, Brisbane “I commenced duties with this Club on 19th June 1916, at the age of 18 years First Duties – Messenger. I became a steward and subsequently went to Bar Supervisor. Secretary at that time, G.A Sherry, President, Mr. Blair, who was subsequently Sir James Blair. After Sir James Blair retired, John Gaffey (Mayor of South Brisbane) became president. Then followed Dr. Crowe, Mr Pat Ranson, T.R Hall, W.J Healy, Mr. Sakzewski, then Mr Leo P. Power At the time I joined the Club, it was situated at Isles of Love Lane, Membership of 625, now 2200. After Mr Sherry died, Mr. Bob Gillespie, who was then Chief Steward became Secretary. He was followed by PHI. Stewart, Mr. Mullins, Mr. Layton, and now Mr. Clelland. The Staff first consisted of 3 Stewards, Billiard Maker and myself (Errand Boy). Those days bottles of whisky cost 6/6, bottles of rum cost 4/6, bottles of beer 7d. There were no meals in those days. My first duty was at 10am each day to buy counter lunch, which consisted of 4lb silverside, ½ a dozen tomatoes, cucumber, 1lb of onions and 2 dozen sausage rolls. I would go back to the cub, make salad and spread the counter lunch on the table which would be devoured by Members. When I first heard the expression “we never sleep” (Barnes Auto) I thought it belonged to Tattersall’s Club, as the Club never closed then. There were 3 Clubs, Jonsonian, Brisbane and Tattersall’s. Each had a different form of license and were not bound to close. Card players would play all night. At midnight the bar would close but the players never left, they would play through until morning. Steward would remain on to look after their refreshments and when Secretary would come in the morning he would report that card game had finished at whatever time it was. They paid 2/6d an hour for light and 9/ for two packs of cards.



Charities – those days Club Members were mostly bookmakers and wealthy graziers and were renowned for their charity. In 1918 a very famous English woman named Ada Reeves was the first woman to appear on the floor of the Club, she made an appeal for funds and in half an hour raised £5000. She was later made a life Member. When thanking the Members she told them it was quicker to raise £1000 from the bookmakers and sporting fraternity of Tattersall’s Club than any bank in the world. It was quite a known occurrence for one of the sportsmen of the Club in those days who had won a race to open the bar for the following day, particularly the late Mick Ryan, one of the biggest racing men of that time. He won a derby with Cymfonian. This following Monday, there was one drink only, Moet-Chandon, the very best imported champagne. The regulars who arrived to have their usual beer and counter lunch, forgot their beer and partook of the champagne, wished Mr. Ryan success on his winning the derby. It was custom of the famous old bookmaker A. Barrington at his settling on the money to buy a bottle of champagne for his biggest loser. The biggest punters in those days would be the late E.G Bloom, the late Mick Ryan and the late Soda Kellaway. In 1925, we moved across to the present premises, then the Club commenced serving meals and were served in the main Club Room, near the Billiard Room. The question was raised by some of the Members as to whether meals would be served. Mr. Pat Ranson, then President, said he would make provisions for oysters and sandwiches. This kitchen was where the cold room now is, in which was a small gas stove and a refrigerator. It was not long before the Members wanted something more substantial. In 1939 when the new dining hall was erected, meals were as they are now. When the Club first went over to the present premises we had poker machines, Crack-a-Jack and fruit machines, these were subsequently banned by the government and taken out of the Club. Soon before the war Club opened on a Sunday from 10 until quarter to 1 and from 7-10pm which was very well patronized. The Membership when I first joined the Club was £1.10 per year. From the time the Club moved over to Edward Street it went ahead with leaps and bounds. In the old days of course, I knew every Member personally as they came through the doors, but now with 2200 Members, lots in the country, it is impossible to know each Member.



+LADIES CHARITY LUNCH GIVIT is a national not-for-profit connecting those who have with those who need. After finding it difficult to donate pre-loved baby clothes, Juliette Wright realised that it wasn’t about overloading charities, but instead providing them with the items they need. As the founder and CEO of GIVIT, Juliette has since connected more than 2,000 charities across Australia with 700,000 donations and will be attending the Ladies Charity Lunch 7 September 2018. What is GIVIT’s mission? Our mission at GIVIT is to match generosity with genuine need. Our purpose is to satisfy unmet needs within the Australian community by connecting an online network of givers. What services does GIVIT provide? We enable Australians to see exactly what items are required by vulnerable members of their local community by sharing the stories of genuine need within communities. We hope to inspire and motivate generous Australians to give. Find out more at What inspired you to create GIVIT? Following the birth of my second child in 2008, I was surprised at the difficulty to donate

second-hand baby clothes to someone in need. Instead, local charities were desperately searching for essential items such as sanitary products for women who had fled domestic violence and steel-capped boots to enable unemployed fathers to secure work. I quickly realised it wasn’t about overloading charities with items but instead recognising the specific needs they had to help pull community members out of poverty. This experience opened my eyes to discover that many charities had no way of communicating their exact needs. So, I embarked on a journey to create an online platform where every charity in Australia could obtain exactly what they

needed to support their community through the simple act of giving. A donated bike enabled a single mother to get to work and a donated microwave heated meals for a man who had recently lost his wife and was unable to cook. Within a few weeks, more than 80 charities were requesting items and GIVIT quickly turned into a national network, connecting thousands of Australians wanting to support hundreds of charities. In 2015, GIVIT gained national attention when I received Australia’s Local Hero Award by the National Australia Day Council and inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame. GIVIT also received The Australian National Innovation Challenge Award and National Resilient Australia Award by Australia’s Attorney-General for its disaster recovery service. What is the GIVIT event that will be held at Tattersall’s Club this year? We are excited to say that this year the GIVIT team were chosen to be supported at the Luncheon – Friday 7 September.

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+BACKSEATERS CLUB By Andrew Deane The Backseater’s have enjoyed one of our best seasons, remaining undefeated in all three games. The season was even more memorable, as we were fortunate to play on the superb fields at TGS, BBC and BGS, thanks to the generous support of these GPS schools. Our annual game against the Queensland Schoolboys was played on Tuesday 2 January at BBC grounds, with our patron, John Maclean presenting the schoolboys with their maroon caps. The schoolboys managed 6 for 155 from their 30 overs. Adrian Watson with 3/31 led the bowling honours. Tattersall’s managed a close win in the last over with one wicket in hand. Our batting result was led by James McKay 31 and an undefeated 34 from Peter Wrigley. We travelled to Toowoomba on Sunday 18 February to play the Downs Club at the superb

1. Backseater’s teams at BBC grounds.


TGS No 1 field. Downs won the toss and sent us in to bat on a greenish wicket, however we managed a solid 5 for 134 with Peter Wrigley again in form with 46. A good team effort with the ball cemented our win, as we outed Downs Club for 125. In March, we played the Antiquarian Cricket Club from the Sunshine Coast on BGS No 1 at Northgate. We were again sent in to bat and managed a respectable 7 for 136 from our 40 overs, the runs coming from Dave Wrigley and Andrew Deane each with 30 not out. A terrific bowling effort from Pete Loch 3 for 6 and Peter Wrigley 3 for 21 resulted in a comfortable win, as we rolled the opposition for 118. Our final game on Sunday 25 March was a Tattersall’s Presidents XI versus a Tattersall’s Captains XI again at BBC. It was great to

see a number of Members come and play, some reigniting their cricket talent for the first time in 20 years. Always a spirited clash, the Presidents XI managed 147 from 40 overs, however the Captains XI chased down a target with 2 wickets in hand. Batting scores for the day in the 30’s came from the Wrigley twins, Dave and Peter, and Craig Napier and Andrew Deane. Many thanks to our umpire Tony McKinnon and to Jonathon Cauldwell for organising the fields. Our next games will be in October and any Members who are keen to play are welcome to make contact. To join the Backseaters Cricket Interest Group, please contact 0413487630 or

+WALKERS CLUB By Mick Lord The walkers have a busy and varied program of weekly walks and winter has the added attraction of cooler days, after summer and autumn’s hot and humid conditions. This winter includes a range of walks from the challenging Mermaid Mountain to the joys of a beach walking weekend at Kingscliff, organised by Steve and Jan Mill. There are also day walks in the Ipswich region, such as The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and Hardings Paddock. These walks involve a variety of terrain and some panoramic views. The winter program includes a walk at the Lower Portals near Mount Barney – a walk that the group have not undertaken for some years. The winter program also has local walks in and around Brisbane and further afield in southeast Queensland.




Earlier in the year saw a series of successful walks in Brisbane and South East Queensland. These included the ANZAC day walk to the city, which followed the Dawn Memorial Service at Toowong and ended with a delightful breakfast in the Healy Room. We also had walks in Lota, Seventeen Mile Rocks, a wonderful walk to the Sherwood Arboretum followed by morning tea at John and Valmai Rogers, Fig Tree Pocket (Sir John Chandler Park) and Bunyaville. The group had the usual escapades on Mt Coot-tha.

2 1. Walkers celebrating at Simpsons Falls. 2. Walkers at the Roma Street Parkland.

To join the Walkers Interest Group, please contact or 0419 647 200. 3


+BOWLS CLUB By Dean Merlo The mighty Brisbane Tattersall’s Club Bowlers had a great week away at the Australian Turf Bowlers Carnival in Terrigal. We competed over four gruelling days with Clubs from around Australia. Sydney Tattersall’s Club hosted this year and we stayed on the beach at Terrigal, which was great fun.




The carnival was on a knife edge for the whole time, with Brisbane coming second by only two shots! Next year the Carnival is being hosted by Adelaide at the famous Holdfast Bay Bowls Club. We are sure to enjoy staying at Glenelg, which is just down the road.  On Wednesday 13 June, the mighty Brisbane Tattersall’s Bowlers will be heading to the sublime greens of St Lucia, for our Annual Charity Event. Always fun on lightning fast greens, creating quite a challenge for all


Members and visitors alike. All are welcome and we can arrange bowls and a great game for all interested in having a game in the name of Charity.

1. Tattersall’s Club Bowlers. 2. T attersall’s Club Bowlers and partners enjoy a post game feast.

To join the Bowls Interest Group, please contact Dean Merlo –

+ROWING CLUB By Greg Clarke The 2018 Queensland Masters Rowing season has started with both women and men crews in training for upcoming regattas. All major rowing events in Queensland are now held on Wyaralong Dam, where Rowing Queensland has established a 2000m fully buoyed course. The dam, located north-west of Beaudesert on the Teviot Brook will host both the Brisbane GPS Regatta and the Queensland Masters Championship in April. The following few words from one of our keen rowers encapsulates the Brisbane GPS Regatta. “Rowing is one of those sports where you can really enjoy a sense of being somewhere special with special people.

The GPS Regatta at the Wyaralong course near Beaudesert on Saturday 7 April was one of those moments! The course is set in the picturesque Scenic Rim and the conditions were near perfect, at least they were for the morning events. The usual battle with the elements ensued in the afternoon with rowers struggling at the start line to hold their boats from blowing off course in the cross wind. The Tattersall’s women’s crews were buoyed up by their results and paid tribute to their coach Alex Halpin, who is taking them on a development journey, which is producing good results and generating pride in the advances that can be made, even as masters’ rowers in their 50s and 60s. Then, when the race had been rowed, the boats returned safely to the shed, it’s time to celebrate the fun, friendship and fitness we share. Special thanks to Michael Sparksman and Bill Bridgeford for the last-minute repairs


to the women’s boat on the eve of this regatta”. The Queensland Masters Championships in late April will be excellent race preparation before Lake Barrington in Tasmania in May for the annual Australian Masters Championships. We wish all crews success this season and will report in the next Tattler on our performance in Tasmania and the upcoming Winter Series in June and July on the Brisbane River. 1. Women’s Crew enjoy post row refreshments.

To join the Rowing Interest Group, please contact or or call 3231 9777.






+CYCLING CLUB By Milton Burrell

1. Cycling Club Breakfast. 2. Cycling Club raising the bar. 3. It’s always a good day for a Club ride.


Tattersall’s Cycling Club (TCC) is Tattersall’s newest interest group and we invite all Tattersall’s Club Members and their guests to ‘come ride with us’ even for the occasional ride. TCC hosts weekly rides, both slow and fast and participates in charity rides throughout the year.

throughout Europe and ridden the 300k London to Paris bike ride. To this end, we are looking to host an international ride during the FY19 year - watch this space for more details!

This past quarter saw a Tuesday ride added to the weekly schedule:

In late 2017, a Team Kit was produced by Scody and during the past quarter another run of the Team Kit was done for Members and the livery looks fantastic. Excellent job by Scody! A big thank you to Tattersall’s Member Bernard Schreiber and our Scody Account Manager, Stuart Harland for their ongoing support and the 20% Club discount we enjoy, nice one fellas! A Kit sample can be seen at the Club’s Health and Wellness Centre.

• Tuesday - slower (24-26kph) and shorter (24k) River Loop • Thursday - faster (28-30kph) and longer (38k) River Loop • Saturday - medium (26-28kph) and much longer (50k-80k) various loops (once or twice monthly) Members of the TCC have also taken part in several 100k+ (charity) rides over the past year including; 110k Great Brisbane Bike Ride (for Diabetes Qld), 100k Brissie to the Bay ride (for Multiple Sclerosis), 86k Ride for Life (for Guide Dogs Qld) and the 100k Brisbane to Gold Coast ride (for the Heart Foundation). TCC president Milton Burrell rode the 170k Yatala to Byron Bay (for Motor Neuron Disease) and Peter ClarkeRyan (PCR) has now conquered a trifecta of Peaks Challenges with Gold Coast (2016), Cradle Mountain in Tasmania (2017) and this year Falls Creek in Victoria, all around 235k in distance and 4,500m of climbing, ouch! Stellar effort PCR. Internationally, some of our TCC Members have climbed Le Tour and Giro d’Italia peaks



STOP THE PRESS: Tour De France viewing night to be held at the Club on Friday 20 July to watch Stage 13 of Le Tour - more to come on this.

As we approach our first year as an interest group, the TCC committee would like to thank Club President Stuart Fraser, the Club Committee and CEO David Bark for their support of the TCC. A special mention and thank you to Jonathan Cauldwell for his help and ongoing support - thank you Jonathan, you’re a legend! Fellowship and networking is a big part of our interest group and the Club motto Amicitia Via Est (Friendship is Life) is at the heart of the TCC. We welcome all Tattersall’s Members and their guests to ‘come ride with us’. In closing, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge and congratulate TCC’s

inaugural and former president, Tyson Clarke, who has taken up a Committee position at Tattersall’s Club. Well done Tyson! A big thank you to committeemen Matt, John and Wayne for making the TCC the success it is! Stay up-to-date with all latest TCC news and developments through our cycling Team App or through the Club website. Team App: Website: Email: Your TCC Committee: President – Milton Burrell | 0404 017 252 Secretary – John Lewis | 0439 822 100 Treasurer – Matt Buckley | 0409 276 218 Committee Wayne Fleming 0401 752 589 | Tyson Clarke 0407 034 803 | To join the Cycling Interest Group, please contact or 0404 017 252.




By Rod Andersen On Saturday 7 April 2018, the Shooters interest group had an archery morning where we learnt about recurve bows, compound bows and longbows.


Instruction included stance and posture, nocking arrows, bow draw and aiming. It was a very family-friendly morning with good attendance by families with teenage children. The competitors were issued with 16 or 20-pound recurve bows, a quiver of carbon fibre arrows, and were fitted with arm guards and finger tabs. Towards the end of the practice, we were seeing some archers achieving arrows into the gold rings. With only very light wind blowing, the morning finished with a very successful balloon competition. Winners of the balloon competition were: • Womens: Kristen Robinson • Mens: Grant Brownson


1. Robinson family receiving instruction. 2. Andrew Heath removing his arrows. 3. Grant Brownson with a recurve bow.


To join the Shooters Interest Group, please contact or 07 3331 8863.

+SNOOKER CLUB By Tim Woolley Since last writing, the major event so far this year was the Snooker Club Annual General Meeting and Prizegiving held on 30 January. New Committee Member Geoff Dixon was elected as Games Director and Michael Browning took over as Handicapper. We also said farewell to Wayne Duncan, who was standing down with grateful thanks for his service on the Committee. The Members also approved an amendment to our rules, to allow for a Membership fee to be charged at a fixed cost of $25 per year. We hope that apart from raising much needed funds for the Snooker Club, this will enable us to ascertain who are the active Members of the Club and who no longer wishes to be on our handicap list. This list has expanded over

To join the Snooker Interest Group, please contact Tim Woolley or 0410 839 113. the years, to include many who for various reasons no longer take part or are no longer with us. The Prizegiving, at which Jim Wicks again received the Bob Needham trophy for the Snooker Championship, having defeated Mal Waygood the previous week, was followed as usual by our annual dinner, much enjoyed by all, and then the 9 Ball knockout competition. The annual Club competitions are now underway, including the handicap singles and pairs. Our first overseas trip planned this year will be to New Zealand for our return match against the Wellington Club. Plans have not yet been finalised, but this will almost certainly be in June and hopefully give us a chance to meet up with at least one other Club in the North Island.

1 1. The Championship winner receives the trophy.

Our Marker, Malcolm Bramley, has been doing sterling work over the summer, sorting out the large number of Members’ cues hanging in cases at the end of the billiards room. Like many of the names on the handicap list, a large number of these have not troubled the tables for some years, and Malcolm has established those which are owned by active Members. In the last Tattler, we invited any Members who wished to claim the unused cues to do so by the end of March, after which they became the property of the Snooker Club. Late claims will be considered, but otherwise these will be disposed of or put to use as Club cues. New Members and aspiring billiards and snooker players are welcome as ever.





By Edward Profke A warm TMC Welcome to our new Members whom have joined over the past quarter. The volatile weather over these early months has caused us to cancel several rides but happily, we were able to get out in March for the Commemorative John Herbert Memorial Ride to Mapleton. This ride is a yearly event on our calendar in memory of Tattersall’s Club and TMC Member John Herbert (Herbs). A great mate and a sterling gentleman, John had travelled the world and built a business empire, but never got to ride this route, although he had always longed to. A scenic and diverse route, it takes up out over Clear Mountain, through Dayboro, over Mt Mee, Woodford, across towards Peachester, and then climbing the back range through Bellthorpe into Maleny. A coffee break at Maleny then sees us head out through the Mary Valley to Kenilworth, climb the Obi Obi range then into Mapleton for lunch on the veranda of the Mapleton Hotel. The panoramic views from the Hotel’s veranda provide the perfect setting for lunch and atmosphere to reflect over the years of comradery we shared with Herbs. Tattersall’s Club is always the venue for all our social occasions with strong turnouts at both the Evening With Jeff Horn and Evening With Ben Roberts-Smith events. Our next ride is the April Tenterfield weekend escape, with the strongest turnout ever for this event sitting at 23. We’ll head out from Brisbane on Saturday morning over Beechmont, through the Numinbah Valley to Murwillumbah, on to Kyogle and Casino, and then up over the range and into Tenterfield for our overnight stay. Needless to say, the drinks





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TMC in Tenterfield 2017. TMC President Edward Profke with Ben Roberts-Smith. TMC Member Dominic Beirne with Ben Roberts-Smith. John Herbert Memorial Ride.

and dinner on Saturday night reflect our TMC comraderie at its best. In May we head to Hampton then in June around Somerset Dam to Kilcoy, which brings up another half year on our busy TMC calendar. All are welcome to join us be it on two wheels or four.

For more information about the Motorcycle Interest Group, please contact President – Edward Profke 0418 155 873 Events Manager – Michael O’Connell 0414 718 715 Treasurer – Mike Wilson 0419 670 537 Secretary – Harald Goddertz 0403 605 451



By Peter Skirving The Tattersall’s Golf Club (TGC) opened the 2018 golfing season with the game at The Glades Golf Club (Gold Coast) on Thursday 25 January. In the 4BBB event Kem Cross and Bill Campbell were the winners with 45 points (on a count back from Des Whybird and Rod Shelton). As it happened, Geoff Mallan and Dennis Roel also carded 45 points, but they went home empty-handed. Col Wisemantel came in with 39 points to secure the Single Stableford trophy. The first Honour Board Event for the year, the Woodrow Cup, was picked up by new TGC Committeeman, Rod Shelton, with his Single Stableford score of 40 points. That result allowed Ron to also take home the January TGC Monthly Mug. The venue was Indooroopilly Golf Club on 8 February, where Vince De Pasquale and Jim Vernon won the 4BBB with their card of 47 points. Alastair Ward collected the Single trophy after submitting a score of 40 points. The Jim Watson Memorial Trophy (a 4BBB Honour Board Event) was secured with the 48 points scored by that “dynamic duo” of Paul McLaughlin and Jack Andersen (the latter making an impressive return to the “winners circle” after a strong recovery from serious illness - “Jack Is Back!”). The qualifying round for the Bob Templeton Memorial Shield was conducted in conjunction with the other activities at Indooroopilly. Some quality golf was on show, given it took 40 (at least) 4BBB points to be among the sixteen teams progressing to the Matchplay Knockout Rounds! It was a popular day at the Links Hope Island Golf Course on Thursday 21 February, the


event where Tony Barlow’s Menswear (Derek Barlow) donates the trophies each year. In the 4BBB, Bill Campbell and Richard McCouaig came in best-dressed with 46 points. Single Stableford prizes were tailored for all three Grades, with the following winners: “A” Grade - Wayne Stewart - 36 (on a count back from Mike Hall); “B” Grade - Dennis Flanagan - 35; “C” Grade - Bill Brittain - 38. There was a separate tussle for the Claimers Cup (a 4BBB Honour Board Event) with the 46 points fashioned by Robert Gauld and Eric Oxenford getting them there in front of Bill Campbell and Richard McCouaig (on a count back). Bill Campbell then received further mention, when his Single score of 44 points (unadjusted) buttoned up the February TGC Monthly Mug. Another match in the “Tempo” was fought out between “four good mates” at Hope Island with Geoff Mallan and Dennis Roel cuffing Jim Ryan and Bill Brittain - although nothing was ironed out until the 20th Hole. Royal Queensland Golf Club was the setting for the game on 8 March. Tom Somers and Michael Cassidy gained the 4BBB trophies with their score of 43 points (on a count back from Peter Bechtel and Kevin Tuckwell, a Visitor). Local knowledge was in evidence when Alastair Ward (also a RQ Member) secured both the Single Stableford prize plus the March TGC Monthly Mug with his card of 37 points. There

was one match in the “Tempo” at RQ where Frank Wilkie and Peter Wirth “knocked out” John MacGillivray and Don Langdon (1 Up). At the Gailes Golf Club on Thursday 22 March the main event was a 4BBB “Aggregate”. A total of 65 points gave the trophies to John Griffin and Geoff O’Connor. The Single Stableford was picked up by Michael Dunn after he carded 36 points. Another first round match in the “BT” was contested at Gailes with John Conroy and Warwick Oxenford “taking out” Greg Young and Noel Fludder (3 Up). On Thursday 26 March a capacity table enjoyed the first of the TGC quarterly luncheons in the Chandelier Room. TGC Member Andrew Slack was the Guest Speaker. Apart from winning a recent TGC Honour Board event, “Slacky” also captained the Wallabies to the memorial “Grand Slam” over the UK in 1984, then repeated the feat with a series win over the All Blacks (on their own turf, over the ditch) in 1986. After his erudite and articulate address, Andrew fielded questions from all points of the compass. If you were not there, you missed a very entertaining afternoon indeed. The revitalised golf course at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn (in a lovely country setting just outside Beaudesert) was played on Thursday





5 April. A bus was arranged by the TGC for the return trip from Brisbane and this option was utilised by many Members and Guests. This challenging layout, marketed as being the “#28 ranked golf course in Australia”, gave many participants a new golfing experience, while others encountered many of the tricky holes again, after years of absence. Varying comments abounded after the game, mostly positive. All agreed that Kooralbyn presents a tough test of golf (even off the White Tees!) and the course was well worth the trip. Geoff Edwards and John Conroy coped better than all others with a card of 46 points, giving them the 4BBB trophies. Greg Sills won the Single Stableford with his 35 points.


1. W  inners at Kooralbyn - L - R: Geoff Edwards and John Conroy. 2. The TGC luncheon at the Chandelier Room. 3. L - R Andrew Slack & Ross Anderson.



Tattersall’s Club Members with an AGU Handicap are welcome to join the TGC. New Member enquiries can be directed to Robert Gauld on 0405 322 167.

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Tattler - Winter 2018  

Our exciting new Tattler features Ben Roberts-Smith, QLD Red's Brad Thorn and Fashions on the Field, plus more

Tattler - Winter 2018  

Our exciting new Tattler features Ben Roberts-Smith, QLD Red's Brad Thorn and Fashions on the Field, plus more